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TRP Announces A New 12 Speed Groupset

TRP has announced a new 12 speed drivetrain, the TRP EVO12. This new offering is and update and in some ways a completion of their existing derailleur and shifter offerings. Previously TRP’s twelve speed components needed to be paired with third party cranks and cassettes. No longer. The derailleur and shifter designs have been updated and refined and a new cassette and crank are now available as well.

Having a complete drivetrain is not just a way to sell aftermarket parts. TRP already is a popular brake spec for discerning customers, and now that a competitive drivetrain is available as well, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some OEM partners come on board to offer full TRP builds.

The new TRP EVO12 derailleur is an upgraded version of the TR12 with improved features. It has a stiffer body, linear parallelogram actuation, stronger connecting pins, and shorter cable entry. The Hall Lock feature prevents the derailleur body from bouncing around and has an easy wheel removal process. The clutch has a one-way bearing, making it 30% lighter, and the Cage Release lever releases the tension spring from the pulley cage for easy wheel swaps. Lastly, the pulley cage has a carbon fiber outer plate and better mud evacuation channels.

The TRP EVO12 shifter has a lighter lever action, a more compact design, and reduced small parts for improved durability. The downshift lever has a new adjustment that allows switching between multi-shift and single-shift modes, providing the flexibility to quickly sweep through multiple gears or switch to single shifts per press.

TRP EVO12 cassette feature a two-piece construction that weighs 1g lighter than XX1 and 2g lighter than XTR. The lower 10 cogs are made of steel, and the upper two are made of 7075 aluminum. It mounts to a Shimano Microspline freehub it seems mainly to avoid SRAM patents. The cranks are availible in both carbon and alloy versions and licensed MRP’s Wave tooth pattern.

Pricing and claimed weights for EVO12 parts are:

  • Crankset – Carbon: $350 – 504g (170mm)
  • Crankset – Alloy: $150 – (TBD)
  • Chainrings – $75-$80 – 81g (Boost 32T)
  • Bottom Bracket – $42 – (TBD)
  • Cassette: $399 – 372g
  • Chain: $39 (silver), $75 (gold) – 270g
  • Shifter: $100 (silver), $110 (gold) – 125g (w/o clamp or cable)
  • Derailleur: $230 (silver), $240 (gold) – 301g

You can check our a video overview from TRP below.

Matt Stenson

I'm a mountain biker currently residing in Montrose, Colorado. I love riding bikes with my family and friends, race casually and am plain crazy about bikes.

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